The Far West - Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Beaches
Take a lovely walk to the ruined church of St Comghan and beyond. St Comghan and the adjacent burial ground overlook the village of Kilchoan and Kilchoan Bay. The church dates from 18th century but it contains some of the original features of an earlier medieval church ( 12th or 13th century) which are most evident in the west gable-wall. The Church is dedicated to the Irish monk St Comghan (Comgan, Chomhghain); one of several churches he established on his travels in the Highlands and Islands. It was eventually replaced by a new building in 1831 in a location nearby.
Kilchoan is one of the most westerly villages on mainland Great Britian. A 45 minute car journey along a single track road from Acharacle, and hour away from Strontian and around two hours journey time from Fort William. Kilchoan has a Community Centre with tearoom and toilet facilities as well as a hotel and restaurant, shop, petrol station and ferry terminal. CalMac ferries make regular trips to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull throughout the year and Staffa Tours operate wildlife cruises to the Treshnish Isles and The Isle of Staffa during the summer months.
As you drive from Kilchoan to Sanna Bay you pass through the site of the ancient Ardnamurchan Volcanic ring complex. The wee single track road from Kilchoan takes you on a journey through time itself. One of the best places to gain some perspective is just a short walk from the road at the starting point to the abandonded village of Glendrian. Walk up the track from the car park to on of the small rounded hills for some amazing panoramic views of the ring complex.
Sanna Bay is arguably one of the best beaches in Scotland, a wide expanse of silvery sand, rock pools galore, amazing dunes, all set against a backdrop of rugged hills. A start point for a walk to Portuairk and Ardnamurchan Lighthouse or a local walk through the dunes to the headland cairns. A riot of wildlife in Spring and Summer and a dramatic destination at any time of year. There is ample carparking near the beach and an informartive interpretation board describing the geology of the region.
Portuarik is a wee village near the western most point on the British mainland. As well as being on the core paths to Sanna Bay and Bay MacNeil, Portuairk also has a wonderful beach with wonderful views to The Small Isles. A great place for a swim in the sheltered bay and not to be missed if you are visiting the nearby Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.